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Common Read at CC 2023-24

This guide accompanies the book for CC's Common Read Program.

Common Read at CC


  This guide will help inform readers of this year's Common Read:
  The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone by Heather McGhee

This book was on the Longlist for the National Book Awards 2021 for Nonfiction. And won the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Book Award. It is on the Time's 100 Must-Read Books of 2021.

Heather McGhee | Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

From her website:

Heather designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America.
Heather has testified in Congress, drafted legislation, and developed strategies for organizations and campaigns that won changes to improve the lives of millions. For nearly two decades, she helped build the non-partisan "think and do" tank Demos, serving four years as president. Through her regular media appearances, she elevates the concerns of working families on programs including NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Heather is the chair of the board of Color of Change, the country’s largest online racial justice organization, and volunteers for numerous other boards in the fields of philanthropy and social justice. Heather graduated from Yale University and the University of California Berkeley School of Law, and has honorary degrees from Muhlenberg College, Niagara University and CUNY School of Public Health. She lives in Brooklyn with her urbanist husband and a chatty pre-schooler.

CC's Commone Read

The purpose of the Common Read Program at Colorado College is to create a common intellectual experience for incoming undergraduate students, to introduce them to our core values as an academic community, and to teach them how to engage as members of our community of scholars.

Common Read at CC 2022-23
Common Read at CC 2021-22
View the Reading Guide with links to more information for past book selections.